This election was the first true statewide election where voters were required to have a form of photo ID to cast a ballot.
While most clerks report no problems at polls in our area, several veterans have taken issue with the law and not being able to use their veteran ID card to vote.
Menasha City Clerk, Debbie Galeazzi says for the most part, it’s been a smooth day at the polls, even with voters having to bring along an accepted form of identification.
“Everybody seems to have it in their hand, and just kind of question if they have the right one. And we do have signs up there showing what is acceptable,” says Galeazzi.
But there were veterans across the state, and even in Menasha, who were disappointed that their ID card issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs was not accepted.
“There was a report of 2 incidents at one of the polling places that the first photo ID they used was issued by the Department of Veteran Affairs. I did check with the Government Accountability Board and I was told that at this time, that is not an acceptable form,” explains Galeazzi.
The authors behind Senate Bill 295 are hoping that changes soon.
“It adds veterans IDs to the list of approved IDs,” says Reid Magney, the spokesman for the Government Accountability Board.
“It does come up. Not all the time, but once in a while we do bring it up,” says Bill Falck.
Falck is the commander of Appleton Legion Post 38.
He says he heard from at least one of his members Tuesday, who had to use his drivers license as a form of photo ID, instead of his preferred veteran ID card.
“He was upset that he was denied the right to vote without having to have another proof of ID on him, that his veterans stuff was not valid enough,” explains Falck.
SB 295 will likely be voted on in about a week or so.
If it passes, veterans could begin using their ID cards to vote, as soon as the November 8th presidential election.
“I think that’s a nice gesture for the veterans that are out there,” says Falck.